Rosati’s Pizza's history dates back to the early 1900s, when a recent Italian immigrant named Ferdinand Rosati moved from New York to Chicago with the dream of opening a restaurant. His first attempt was modest—with Ferdinand simultaneously fulfilling the duties of chef, server, dishwasher, and host—but quickly gained popularity for its crispy-thin-crust pizzas, originally served as complimentary appetizers. Encouraged by the public's response to the pies, Ferdinand and his son, Sam, decided to focus their efforts on opening a true pizzeria.
Today, at Rosati's Pizza locations across the country, plumes of heat swirl above piping-hot pies concocted from handmade sauce and dough. A smattering of toppings cling to five crust options—crispy thin, double dough, Chicago-style, pan, and superstuffed—as well as hide from their hungry predators inside hand-rolled calzones. Homemade lasagna and fettuccine alfredo battle for the top pasta spot, and fried chicken, baby back ribs, and fried-shrimp dinners work together to distract diners from hard-to-resist buffalo wings.
In a symbiotic partnership, Joe's Italian Villa crafts a menu of craveable pasta and pizza, while 191 South slings drinks. Pizza colors palates with a doughy palette of thick crust (10" for $9; 14" for $17; 18" for $25, plus extra for toppings) or thin crust (10" for $7; 14" for $10; 18" for $17, plus extra for toppings) dotted with colorful toppings. Spare your ocular orbs from lunar collisions with the mezzelune half-moon ravioli ($13), pasta pillows stuffed with portobello mushrooms and smothered in a creamy sun-dried-tomato-infused sauce, or come back down to earth with classic sausage and peppers ($12).
Renowned chef Michael Papandrea leads a team of culinary craftspeople as they create wide-ranging Italian fare including shrimp, veal, and pasta dishes, as well as a slew of sandwiches. Whether they are at the new Parmesans Station in Tinley Park or the original Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza in Frankfort, their pizza artisans bake hand-pulled crusts directly on stone and bestow each round foundation with a scrumptiously crispy texture and excellent posture. The eatery?s pesto sauce kicks butter to the curb, while cheesy bread stashes gooey mozzarella inside an italian loaf prior to baking.
Those seeking a new dining experience can check out Parmesans Station, fittingly located inside the Tinley Park Metra station. Here, Parmesans? skilled staffers offer pizza, pasta, and pastries in addition to delivering catered fare for up 120 guests and setting up the Italian nibbles, freeing up hosts to light candles, arrange flowers, and retrieve the special-occasion china from the basement?s 7,926-mile hole leading to the other end of the world. Weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, birthday parties, and civic meetings are all welcome.
The Original Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant’s menu advertises a bevy of fresh pastas and classic Italian entrees featuring marsala and lemon butter sauces, zesty marinara, tenderly cooked chicken, beef medallions, and milk-fed Provimi veal. Thin- and deep-crust pizzas can be decorated with a combination of a dozen fresh toppings, and savory meatball sandwiches vie with house-made lasagna for the chance to kiss taste buds. A roster of 20 wines and a dozen different beers helps patrons wash down generous forkfuls of chicken parmigiana, manicotti, and calamari.
Working from a playbook of family recipes handed down through generations, the founders of Sicilian Joe’s Pizzeria, Joseph and Maria Butera, instill every menu item with Sicilian tradition. Pie-smiths daily prepare each topping for Joe’s thin-crust pizzas, dicing fresh vegetables and grating mozzarella cheese. Then, they sprinkle them on homemade dough, baking the disks to a golden brown by using them as shields against the laser-eyed attacks of robot armies. Guests can customize every pizza with a variety of accessories, from classics such as anchovies, pepperoni, and sliced tomatoes to tangier flavors including blue cheese and hot or mild giardiniera relish. For no additional charge, chefs can also add or remove sauce, omit the cheese entirely, or replace the 2-liter soda’s bottle cap with a fresh broccoli cork.